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Appointment of new CEO at Millbrook

13 Feb 2014

Millbrook are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Alex Burns as Millbrook’s new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Established in 1969, Millbrook is now one of Europe’s leading test and engineering solution providers for the automotive, energy and defence markets, and is strategically located at the heart of the UK automotive and fuel industries in Bedfordshire. The business owns a 665 acre site offering over 45 miles of on and off road test tracks with a variety of surfaces, features and terrains, as well as extensive test and validation facilities which complement the proving ground. The business is also a leading convertor of specialist vehicles. Against a backdrop of increasing emissions legislation and safety regulation, Millbrook has built a strong reputation for assisting blue chip customers with their engineering and development programmes.

Alex is a Mechanical Engineer and also holds an MBA from Cranfield University.  He spent 11 years at the Williams F1 Team as COO and then CEO for the last three years. During this tenure, Alex established Williams Advanced Engineering, which brought F1-inspired low carbon technology to the commercial and passenger vehicle markets, and led the design and manufacture of five hybrid supercar prototypes. Prior to Williams, Alex spent 12 years in various senior roles at Meggitt PLC, and started his career at Westland Helicopters. 

Alex’s appointment is a significant step forward in creating a new Millbrook for the future, following Rutland Partners’ purchase of Millbrook from General Motors at the end of last year. Alex brings with him 30 years of experience in high performance engineering in the UK, together with the energy and enthusiasm to take Millbrook forward. Please join us in welcoming Alex to the Millbrook team.

Millbrook’s former Chief Executive Mr. Miguel Fragoso has left the company effective January 31 2014 to pursue other interests. Mr Fragoso had been with the Bedfordshire-based engineering and test facility for nearly 5 years. During his tenure Millbrook has diversified its business portfolio and been successfully sold to Rutland Partners late last year. A Millbrook Board spokesman said: “The Board thanks Mr Fragoso for his contribution to the business over the past years, and wishes him well in his future endeavours”

Alex Burns said: “I am delighted to be joining Millbrook at such an interesting time. The recent change of ownership represents a great opportunity to develop Millbrook as a world class technology and test centre. I look forward to working with the whole team at Millbrook and providing industry leading services and capabilities to our customers.”


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